Dolce Gusto compatible Pods

We have already written many articles about compatible coffee capsules, and the time has finally come to talk about Dolce Gusto compatible capsules. As this is one of the brands most used by users of capsule coffee machines, we are obliged to deal with the subject in-depth.

This article will talk about the most important brands in the market for capsules compatible with Dolce Gusto coffee machines. But we will also explain what you should do to find the best deals and save money when buying these coffee capsules.

In the past, Nestlé, the patent holder of the Dolce Gusto coffee capsules system, has sued the manufacturers of compatible capsules in court on numerous occasions. As a result, compatible capsules have not appeared on the market in abundance until very recently.

We will now take a look at the main brands currently on sale. We will update it frequently because, fortunately, more and more brands and formats of compatible capsules for Dolce Gusto are appearing. Especially from Italy:

We can safely say that this has been one of the important topics of discussion since the birth of single-serve coffee machines and, in particular, Dolce Gusto capsules. Which are the cheapest coffee capsules? Where can I buy compatible Dolce Gusto capsules? Well, right here.

Buy Dolce Gusto compatible pods: Prices

How much do compatible Dolce Gusto capsules cost? Well, the price varies depending on the brand and the offers of the supermarket in question. Still, in general, we can establish an average of between 13 and 27 cents per compatible capsule. Here, some examples (prices may vary):

Brand and PodPrice / count
L’OR Espresso – Supremo£0.27
Note d’Espresso – Colombia£0.18
Italian Coffee – Tasting Bundle£0.20
DonMatteo Dolce Americano£0.20
MUST 96 Coffee Capsules£0.13
Il Caffè Italiano – Tasting Kit£0.24
Solimo Latte Macchiato£0.16

As many users know, there have been no Dolce Gusto compatible capsules until five years ago, and we are going to explain why:

The patent for the Dolce Gusto capsule system

The answer to the non-commercialisation of compatible Dolce Gusto capsules can be simplified by the fact that single-dose coffee machine companies (such as Dolce Gusto, Nespresso, Tassimo or Senseo) do not derive their main revenue from the sale of coffee machines, but from the sale of capsules and associated products.

Write down on a piece of paper what your coffee pod machine costs (you can take a mid-range or cheap one, like the Mini-Me or the Dolce Gusto Piccolo), and next to it, write down what you spend on coffee pods during a year. Multiply the latter amount by the average lifespan of your pod coffee maker (which is usually quite long) and compare the two figures. There is no doubt that all of us spend much more money on capsules than on the coffee machines themselves in the long run.

Price of Mini-Me coffee maker = £56.85

Price of an original coffee pod = £0.26

Price of 365 coffee pods (1 coffee per day during one year) = £94.9

And this has, of course, always been very much in the minds of the companies’ marketing and business departments (especially those of Nescafé Dolce Gusto). They are not at all interested in the existence and marketing of compatible Dolce Gusto capsule systems. Here is an article that explains this much more precisely: How much does it cost to have a capsule coffee machine?

On the other hand, potential manufacturers of capsules compatible with Dolce Gusto are focusing their efforts on developing systems compatible with Nespresso, as this other brand accounts for the majority of coffee capsule sales volume worldwide.

Nestlé owns patents EP156 and EP382, relating to the dolce gusto coffee capsule system. Many manufacturers of compatible capsules try to make capsules that do not infringe on Nestlé’s proprietary rights, but in many cases, they have been taken to court, as in the case of Fast Eurocafé.

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Dolce Gusto white label compatible pods

It should be noted that the quality of some of the compatible capsules is far from that of the originals. However, this does not mean that the taste is bad by any means. It depends on how demanding you are when it comes to the drinks you prepare with your Dolce Gusto coffee machine.

In short, if you want to save money on your Dolce Gusto pods, it’s best to take advantage of Dolce Gusto promotions and try to make large purchases (it’s a good idea to get together with other users to place large orders). Or keep an eye out for deals on Amazon, as some of the ones below:

Dolce Gusto Pods - Pick Any 4 Packs, Choose from 30 Coffee Flavours Including Starbucks
Dolce Gusto Pods - Pick Any 4 Packs, Choose from 30 Coffee Flavours Including Starbucks
★ Original Dolce Gusto Coffee Pods - 30 Flavours To Choose From; ★ You Choose The Flavours You Want
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee, Tea, Chocolate Pods. Pick Any 5 Packs from 37+ Blends Inc: Espresso,...
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee, Tea, Chocolate Pods. Pick Any 5 Packs from 37+ Blends Inc: Espresso,...
Original Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee, Tea, Chocolate Pods - 37 Flavours To Choose From; FREE UK Delivery

There is also the increasingly popular option of using refillable Dolce Gusto capsules, such as those from Emocup. These have been available for more than five years and have become an increasingly popular alternative. You can check out our review of Emocup refillable capsules here.

If you still prefer to give up the original capsules and look for savings by trying other systems, let us tell you what the best options are.

Remember that you have a whole page dedicated to each of them:

Alternatives to Dolce Gusto compatible pods

As an alternative to compatible Dolce Gusto capsules, we also recommend trying other tips and tricks such as the following: